[Protest of EPA Contract Award for Support Services]

B-237731: Mar 19, 1990

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A firm protested an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) contract award for support services, contending that EPA: (1) did not hold meaningful discussions or request best and final offers; (2) did not evaluate proposals in accordance with the solicitation; (3) improperly increased its proposed costs; and (4) failed to advise it of alleged cost-related deficiencies. GAO held that: (1) EPA held reasonable discussions with the protester; (2) EPA did request best and final offers; (3) EPA properly evaluated proposals; (4) EPA had no reason to question the protester's costs; (5) EPA properly adjusted the protester's rates; (6) the alleged EPA failure to provide information on deficiencies provided no basis to upset the award; and (7) EPA actions were consistent with the evaluation criteria. Accordingly, the protest was denied.

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